Non-Russian Cyrillics (was: I'm back)
|From:||Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 20:15|
Benct Philip Jonsson girs'epset':
| FWIW I was sketching on a Neo-Tokharian, which would have
| Cyrillic as its main or only script. It would need to
| distinguish /ji/ from /i/ and /jM/ from /M/, and I thought
| to use І /i/ И /ji/ Ъ /M/ Ь /jM/ (while Ы would seem out of
| place for /M/ where І was /i/) but I was told those
| assignments would seem weird to a Russophone.
Indeed they are. Cyrillic alphabet has its own story and tradition of
adaptation to non-Russian langs, but in general it is less flexible to
non-standard appication of graphemes than Latin, IMHO.
It permits some variation of reading values when they are similar/close in
pronunciation, like В [w], Г [γ], Л [ɬ] in Chukchee, or К standing for both
[k] and [q] in Nogay, but ascribing smth like Щ for [θ] would be indeed
North Caucasian orthographies, otoh, extensively use digraphs and trigraphs,
where the role of modifying element is played by Ъ, Ь and Ӏ ("palochka" in
the Unicode, "Roman digit one" in the Soviet tradition). Where къ may mean
[q], хь - [h], тӀ - [t'] etc.
| Well well
| there are always the possibility of using Ӥ Ӹ for the
| preceding /j/.
Surely there are, though in practice those characters mean:
Ӥ - non-palatalizing /i/ in Udmurt;
Ӹ - palatalizing /M/ in Mari [info needs verification].
| Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se